A monument to South Korean females forced into sexual slavery during the war was set up in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday despite protests by Tokyo.

The so-called Peace Monument was unveiled on the occasion of the 1,000th weekly demonstration by the now-elderly women and their supporters calling for an apology and compensation from the Japanese government.

The protest rally has been held outside the mission every Wednesday since 1992, organized by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, a group of former sex slaves euphemistically called "comfort women."